Photo: Volunteers sing out solutions

Erzsi and Emma at last year's MEC Paddlefest (Credit: Warren Springer)

By Jennifer Rodriguez, Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Four years ago, the Foundation had to turn down invitations to exhibitions and community events because we simply didn't have enough staff to attend them.

As with so much of our work, volunteers stepped up to solve the problem, and give us a greater presence in local communities.

At first we sent them off with a cardboard box of pamphlets, a banner and a tablecloth. As time passed, their ongoing feedback helped us create an interactive, personalized experience for members of the public visiting our booths.

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As the Foundation's front-line representatives, they've attended David Suzuki's speaking engagements, the Richmond Youth Summit, the Port Moody Fingerling Festival, the Buddha Light Festival, Punjabi by Nature engagements and more.
At last year's MEC Paddlefest, they took booth interactivity to a whole new level.

Led by ukulele-playing long-time volunteer Erzsi Institorisz, with lyric-writing help from volunteer Emma Griffiths, our special event hosts composed a children's song, "Big Tuna Troubles" to accompany the DSF pamphlet and blog of the same name. What does "Big Tuna Troubles" sound like? It's awesome. Check it out!

If you're ever strolling by a David Suzuki Foundation booth, ask what campaigns we're working on, how you can get involved and now, what songs may accompany our materials!

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April 24, 2015
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/panther-lounge/2015/04/volunteers-sing-out-solutions/

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Apr 26, 2015
10:32 AM

Hi, I have a song that may be helpful (key of C — blues)
The Economist Blues
The trouble with Steven if you follow my gist
He's not really a dick, he's an economist
If you spend your days looking at dollars and cents
It allows you to sit on both sides of the fence
For the problems of money were not attached to the world
Until our ubiquitous presence on the planet unfurled

These are the economist blues
He's got nothing to lose
We had the power to choose
Now he's got the right to refuse
The economist blues

Now a lot of us function just as Steven does too
Balancing budgets and exploring what's new
Compromising, justifying actions
And occasional splittin' off to political factions
Of what's right and what's wrong, not what is alive
In the day to day happenings of 9 until 5

CHORUS

If we think of our world with a new point of view
Then I think that, just maybe, we'll know what to do
If we think of our planet as alive and aware
Then I think that, just maybe, we will start to care
For it's our only planet and it's not just for us
But for everybody sittin' back of the bus

CHORUS
These are the economist blues
He's got nothing to lose
We had the power to choose
Now he has the right to refuse
And we're left paying the dues...

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